Nelson Agholor coyly plays on Patriots offensive coaching staff setup

The structure of the New England Patriots’ offensive coaching staff remains a mystery, and the team apparently likes it that way.

The Patriots have yet to name an official offensive coordinator or playmaker after Josh McDaniels left for the Las Vegas Raiders in January.

Joe Judge and Matt Patricia should be trusted offensive masterminds, but have nebulous titles such as ‘offensive assistant’ and ‘senior football advisor’, while the team technically has a wide receivers coach vacancy. also wide after Mick Lombardi joined McDaniels. in Las Vegas.

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Reporters tried to get answers from Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor on Tuesday — to no avail.

“We have a group of guys – you have to ask Coach Belichick,” Agholor said at a news conference when asked who the team’s wide receivers coach will be in 2022.

And what about the offensive coordinator/passing coordinator?

“You’re going to have to ask Coach Belichick for that one,” Agholor replied.

In a vacuum, it’s quite odd for a player to be so tight-lipped about who calls plays for his team. But that’s how the Patriots do business under Belichick, so Agholor is probably treading carefully so as not to reveal any “state secrets.”

One thing we do know is that former Patriots wide player Troy Brown is listed as the team’s wide receivers/kick returners coach, so Agholor probably didn’t need to dodge this question.

No matter who calls the plays, Agholor has his work cut out for him in 2022: He caught just 37 passes for 473 yards in a disappointing 2021 campaign with the Patriots and will need to have a solid offseason to avoid being buried behind newcomer DeVante Parker on the depth chart.